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Senator Kirk Raises Representative Duckworth’s Heritage in Debate


Via the Chicago Tribune:  More aggressive Kirk goes after Duckworth in second debate, questions her family’s heritage At one point, Duckworth talked about her family’s long history of involvement in the U.S. military, describing herself as a “daughter of the American Revolution” who has “bled for this nation.” When it was Kirk’s turn to offer a […]

The McMullin Factor


Via FiveThirtyEight:  Polls May Be Underestimating Evan McMullin’s Chances In Utah Utah is an unusual case. Polls are scarce there, the dynamic has changed quite quickly, and these factors can significantly affect polling results. Our model already excludes Utah polling that doesn’t poll McMullin at all, and that will remain our official approach. But unofficially, […]

Steven Den Beste, RIP

Steven Den Beste, one of the quintessential early bloggers (dubbed by someone one of the “Four Horsemen of the Ablogalypse” in those silly days when this medium was new) has passed after a long illness. Brickmuppet has a nice collection of tributes along with a summary of the news: Steven was brilliant, a former engineer with […]

Trump is who he is

The LA Times posted the following letter from Donald Trump to the newspaper back in 2007 wherein DJT complained about an LAT reporter: This is a letter Trump sent us in 2008. He was upset about an article on Trump University, later threatened to sue. https://t.co/VC2vbcFr4C pic.twitter.com/j8IyBbiYtO — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) October 22, 2016 What is […]

Most Embarrassing Correction Ever?


The New  York Times has been forced to issue a correction in the wake of a review of a new show on Amazon after it was discovered that their reviewer had, apparently accidentally, watched the shows out of order: In an amusing correction,The New York Times noted that its television writer had criticized a show […]

Trump Finally gets a Major Newspaper Endorsement


Via Salon:  Donald Trump’s KKK stamp of approval: The Klan gives a de facto endorsement to the Trump campaign on the front page of its newspaper . Says The Crusader: “Make American Great Again!” It is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency. You can see it on […]

Independent Evan McMullin Leads Trump In New Utah Poll

Elections 2016

Independent candidate Evan McMullin is at the top of a new poll out of Utah, a state that hasn’t gone for a Democrat since 1964: Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is leading in Utah, according to an Emerson College Polling Society survey released Wednesday. McMullin is favored by 31 percent of likely voters in the […]

Trump Only Leading By Three Points In Texas

Elections 2016

As if the news out of Arizona weren’t bad enough, new polling out of Texas gives Donald Trump only a slim lead in Texas, which hasn’t gone for a Democrat in a Presidential election since 1976: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has one of his slimmest leads yet over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Texas, […]

I Have no Idea why we Think Trump is a Misogynist… (2)


In regards to allegations of sexual assualt: “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.  You don’t know. That would not be my first choice.” “When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said, ‘I don’t think so.’ ” –Donald J. Trump.

I Have no Idea why we Think Trump is a Misogynist…


“Psychologists will tell you that some women want to be treated with respect. I tell friends who treat their wives magnificently, get treated like crap in return, ‘Be rougher and you’ll see a different relationship.’” “I have days where I think it’s great. And then I have days where, if I come home — and I […]

Trump and our Constitutional Order


I would recommend the following essay by my good friend Michael Bailey, Associate Professor of Political Science at Berry College:  Enter Donald Trump. A basic taste: The Framers were war-hardened seasoned politicians who suffered no delusions about the real character of our human nature, and accordingly they built a Constitution designed to endure the rough and […]

George Will on Trump and the GOP


George Will, who has already left the Republican Party over the nomination of Trump has an eloquently scathing column on the current state of the election:  Donald Trump is the GOP’s chemotherapy. On the recent revelations and the GOP response thereto: the tape sent various Republicans, who until then had discovered nothing to disqualify Trump from […]

New Audio Reveals Trump Is Okay With Lewd Comments About His Daughter

Donald Trump Ivanka Trump

Predictably, the revelation of an audiotape in which he is recorded making lewd comments about women is leading to the revelation of other past comments by Donald Trump that are certain to become an issue in the coming days. This afternoon, for example, CNN is out with excerpts from Trump’s past appearances with Howard Stern […]

Mike Pence Is Really, Really Upset With Donald Trump

Donald Trump Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence isn’t even trying to defend Donald Trump’s comments about women as set forth in a decade-old video and audio: My statement below: pic.twitter.com/92VYEAxIcl — Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 8, 2016 Campaign reporters are saying that Pence and his people are beside themselves: A source close to Trump camp told me Pence […]

A Photo for Friday


Since Colombia has been in the news this week, here is a photo I took of the opening ceremonies of the first round of the 2014 presidential elections, where I was acting as an electoral observer.  This process eventually led to Juan Manuel Santos’ second term in office.  This issue of the peace plan was central to that […]

Santos Wins Peace Prize


Via the BBC:  Nobel Peace Prize for Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict with left-wing rebels. The Nobel committee in Norway praised him for his peace agreement with Farc rebels, signed last month after four years of […]

Pence’s odd Advice for Trump


Via Politico:  Pence debate advice to Trump: Be yourself “I’d encourage Donald Trump to do what he did in his first debate and that is be himself. Speak from his mind and speak from his heart and I know he’s going to do that,” Pence said Thursday morning on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.” “He […]

Obama Approval up to 55%


Via CNN:  Obama approval hits new high President Barack Obama’s approval rating stands at 55% in a new CNN/ORC poll, the highest mark of his second term, and matching his best at any time since his first year in office. The new rating outpaces his previous second-term high — reached just after a Democratic convention […]

On Referenda


The NYT has a really good piece on why referenda are problematic instruments:  Why Referendums Aren’t as Democratic as They Seem Though such votes are portrayed as popular governance in its purest form, studies have found that they often subvert democracy rather than serve it. They tend to be volatile, turning not just on the merits of […]

Trump’s Deficient Ground-Game


An interesting piece from the PBS Newshour,  The Trump campaign has a ground-game problem: As the presidential election marathon breaks into a final sprint, the Trump campaign faces a jaw-dropping gap in the ground game: Hillary Clinton currently has more than three times the number of campaign offices in critical states than does Donald Trump. […]

I was Wrong about the First Debate


Upon watching Monday’s debate, I didn’t think that there was anything specific from the interchange that was going to have substantial legs for the press to dwell on into the next week (and least not of the type the Trump helped generate from the Republican convention). However, I totally underestimated the degree to which Trump […]

Trump was Right


Giving credit where credit is due, via NPR: Mic Check: There Was Something Up With Donald Trump’s Debate Mic “Regarding the first debate,” the commission said in a statement, “there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.” NPR has reached out to the commission for more information but […]

President Trump and Latin America


Andres Oppenheimer:  A Trump victory could push Latin America to the left and away from U.S. Judging from what I heard in recent interviews with several Latin American presidents, a victory by Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election would chill U.S.-Latin American ties, moving even the most pro-American presidents in the region to distance themselves […]

First Clinton v. Trump Debate Sets Record At 81 Million Viewers

First Presidential Debate 2016

Last night’s Presidential debate drew a record number of viewers: The first general election debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump averaged nearly 81 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen, making it the most watched presidential debate in modern history. Until last night, the most-watched debate in history was the 1980 debate between Jimmy […]

Trump’s Pettiness


It not a new revelation that Donald J. Trump can be a petty individual, but here is the latest example via NPR:  In Post-Debate Interview, Trump Again Criticizes Pageant-Winner’s Weight At the end of Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of taunting one of his former Miss Universe contestants about her weight. […]

Watching Tonight’s Debate Guide For Cord Cutters

2016 Election Buttons

If you’re among that growing group of people who have cut the cord to their cable television provider, there are still ways to catch the debate if you’re so inclined. With the proper antenna, you can watch on any of the over-the-air networks and PBS or, you can check out the live-streaming services that will […]

Suspect Arrested In Seattle Area Mall Shooting

Seattle Mall Shooting

Late  last night, police announced that they had taken the suspect in Friday night’s shooting spree at a Seattle area mall into custody, but many questions remain unanswered: A 20-year-old man was taken into custody on Saturday night in connection with a shooting that killed five people on Friday at a mall north of Seattle, […]

A Photo for Friday


“Layers” Knoxville, TN 9/10/16

Voter Registration Information And Deadlines

Elections 2016

The New York Times has a list of deadlines and other applicable information for registering to vote in each of the fifty states. There’s still plenty of time in most of the country, so get to it.

This Time, Anthony Weiner Could Be In Serious Legal Trouble

Image: Rep. Anthony Weiner Admits To Tweeting Lewd Photo, Lying

Less than a month after he was back in the news with another sexting scandal  that led his wife Huma Abedin to file for divorce, former Congressman Anthony Weiner faces what could be some very serious legal problems: Federal authorities in New York have issued a subpoena for records pertaining to allegations that Anthony D. […]

I Always Feel Like Someone is Watching me


Via The Atlantic: All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You: A system called “WiKey” presented at a conference last year could tell what keys a user was pressing on a keyboard by monitoring minute finger movements. Once trained, WiKey could recognize a sentence as it was typed with 93.5 percent accuracy—all using nothing but […]

A Photo for Friday


“Purple” June 21, 2016 Pike Road, AL

Looking to Peace with the FARC


By me at ORIGINS: Current Events in Historical Perspective Colombia: On the Brink of Peace with the FARC?

Australian Prime Minister Proposes Non-Binding Plebiscite On Same-Sex Marriage

Australia’s Prime Minister is proposing a national vote on the issue of same-sex marriage: SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s divisive debate over same-sex marriage returned to Parliament on Wednesday when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull implored lawmakers to support a bill that would ask Australians to vote yes or no on gay marriage. “If ever there is […]

Deplorable and Illogical


Rudy Giuliani on This Week this weekend: STEPHANOPOULOS: They do emerge from September 11th. And one of the things that Donald Trump also said on Thursday night, again, is that we should’ve taken the oil of Iraq. Even if you could do that practically, and most experts say you couldn’t, wouldn’t that just be theft? […]

Greta Friedman, Who Claimed To Be Nurse In Iconic V-J Day Photo, Dies At 92


Greta Friedman, who claimed to be the nurse in an iconic photograph taken by Time/Life photographer Alex Eisenstadt, has died at the age of 92: Greta Friedman, who said she was grabbed and kissed by a sailor in a euphoric moment that made for one of the most defining American photos of the 20th century, […]

“We’re The Only Plane In The Sky”

Politico Cover

As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on Sunday, Politico is up with a fascinating first-person account of the attack from the point of view of White House aides, military officers, and members of the traveling press corps who were with President Bush the day everything changed. It follows the story from […]

Trump Campaign Raised $90 Million In August


Falling short of the market set by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s campaign announced that he raised $90 million in August: Together with his joint committees, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raised $90 million in August, according to a CNN report. Trump’s fundraising total represents a $10 million increase from his July total but still trailed […]

An Odd Definition of “Low Demographic Diversity”

I will admit that the following paragraph from Matthew Dowd writing at the WSJ is not well constructed, so perhaps I am missing something, but he seems to have an odd definition of low demographic diversity (at least in terms of a likely Clinton electoral coalition): 2. On Election Day it is highly likely that the […]

Reading Recommendation on the Roots of White Nationalism in the Current Debate


Two key questions about the Trump candidacy are:  what does it say about the Republican Party/conservative movement, and where does the party/movement go from here? Along these lines is a lengthy piece in the The Guardian that I would recommend: The dark history of Donald Trump’s rightwing revolt. The piece focuses on the division between establishment conservatives and […]

Green Party POTUS Candidate Jill Stein Flies To Wrong City

Picard Facepalm

Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein had an embarrassing logistical error today: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was scheduled to speak at Capital University in Bexley at noon today but it looks like she’s running a little late. That’s because instead of flying into Columbus, she accidentally went to Cincinnati instead, according to the […]

Moderators For Presidential Debates Announced

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The moderators for the four fall debates have been announced: Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace have been selected to moderate this year’s presidential debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Friday. Mr. Holt, the anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” will moderate the first debate on Sept. 26; Ms. Raddatz […]

A Photo for Friday


“On Lake Michigan” June 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton Raises $143 Million For Campaign, Democratic Party In August


Hillary Clinton’s campaign had a very prosperous August: Hillary Clinton raised $143 million in August, a total that includes her own campaign’s collections as well as money for joint fundraising committees with the national and state parties. Her campaign hailed the monthly fundraising haul Thursday as its best of the campaign cycle. The Democratic nominee […]

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Convicted, Removed From Office On Impeachment Charges


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was convicted and removed from office on impeachment charges by the nation’s Senate earlier today: BRASILIA — Brazil’s Senate ousted Dilma Rousseff as president Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to impeach the leftist leader in the culmination of a protracted process that has divided the country. The vote to impeach Rousseff was 61 to […]

Don’t Ever Change New York Post. Don’t Ever Change.

NY Post

As you might expect, the New York Post‘s headline on l’affair Weiner is a classic: Don’t ever change guys, don’t ever change.

Anthony Weiner Is Sexting Again

Image: Rep. Anthony Weiner Admits To Tweeting Lewd Photo, Lying

While his wife is off working on Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, and most likely a top level position in a Clinton White House, former Congressman Anthony Weiner is apparently caught up in another sexting scandal.  Seriously? Someone needs to take this guy’s smartphone away. Update: Weiner’s Twitter account has been deleted. Something tells me that […]

Some Alt-Right Basics


Via RawStory:  The Alt-Right Dictionary: 7 terms you need to know to understand Trump’s most hateful supporters. And, straight from two of the self-proclaimed leaders of the movement from back in March at Breitbart:  An Establishment Conservative’s Guide To The Alt-Right.  

Steven Hill, Who Played D.A. Adam Schiff on ‘Law & Order,’ Dies At 94

Steven Hill As Adam Schiff

Steven Hill, a long-time actor who achieved fame late in life as the long-serving District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order, has died at 94: Steven Hill, who originated imposing lead roles on two notable television series, “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s and “Law & Order” in the 1990s, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. […]

Michele Bachmann Advising Trump On Foreign Policy

Michelle Bachmann at Podium

Former Minnesota Congresswoman and Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she’s advising Donald Trump on foreign policy: Tea Party firebrand Michele Bachmann says she is advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy. The former Minnesota congresswoman attended a fundraiser in the state for Trump on Saturday, where she revealed to the press that she […]

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